Affluenza: How Over-consumption Is Killing Us--and How to Fight Back

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Affluenza: How Over-consumption Is Killing Us--and How to Fight Back

by David Wann, John De Graaf
Foreword by Annie Leonard

Berrett-Koehler Publishers | February 3, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done?to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment?by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as ?Swollen Expectations? and ?A Rash of Bankruptcies,? the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. They also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth. The 2008 economic collapse demonstrated how prophetic this book was and how relevant it still is. The third edition has been updated to reflect the role overconsumption played in the collapse and how our economy and society have changed since then. There is also information about new ways to measure social health and success, such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index, which could help us wipe out affluenza.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.64 × 2.61 × 0.3 in

Published: February 3, 2014

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1609949277

ISBN - 13: 9781609949273

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Affluenza: How Over-consumption Is Killing Us--and How to Fight Back

by David Wann, John De Graaf
Foreword by Annie Leonard

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.64 × 2.61 × 0.3 in

Published: February 3, 2014

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1609949277

ISBN - 13: 9781609949273

Table of Contents

Part 1: Symptoms
1. Shop til You Dropsy
2. A Rash of Bankruptcies
3. Digital Dyspepsia
4. Chronic Congestion
5. The Stress of Excess
6. Family Convulsions
7. Dilated Pupils
8. Community Chills
9. An Ache for Meaning
10. Social Scars
11. Resource Exhaustion
12. Industrial Diarrhea
13. The Addiction to Dissatisfaction

Part Two: Causes
14. Original Sin
15. An Ounce of Prevention
16. The Toad Not Taken
17. The Emerging Epidemic
18. The Age of Affluenza
19. Is There a (Real) Doctor in the House?

Part Three: Treatment
20. The Road to Recovery
21. Bed Rest
22. Aspirin and Chicken Soup
23. Fresh Air
24. The Right Medicine
25. Back to Work
26. Vaccinations and Vitamins
27. Political Prescriptions
28. Annual Check-Ups
29. Healthy Again

From the Publisher

Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done?to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment?by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as ?Swollen Expectations? and ?A Rash of Bankruptcies,? the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. They also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth. The 2008 economic collapse demonstrated how prophetic this book was and how relevant it still is. The third edition has been updated to reflect the role overconsumption played in the collapse and how our economy and society have changed since then. There is also information about new ways to measure social health and success, such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index, which could help us wipe out affluenza.

About the Author

John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for twenty-four years as an independent documentary producer. More than fifteen of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org) and is an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan. David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. He has produced twenty videos and television programs, including the award-winning television documentary Designing a Great Neighborhood. Wann is president of the Sustainable Futures Society and a fellow of the Simplicity Forum. He worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the US Environmental Protection Agency and codesigned the cohousing neighborhood where he lives. Thomas H. Naylor is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University and is the author of over thirty books. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Nation, and BusinessWeek. Foreword author Annie Leonard is a proponent of sustainability and a critic of excess consumerism. She is best known for her animated film, The Story of Stuff, about the life cycle of material goods.
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